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Old 08-16-2013, 11:18 PM
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Starting new lawn service

As I said I'm starting a new lawn service and just need some help deciding on the best ztm. I see scag & exmark.. can someone help me decide....advice would be appreciated.
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:21 PM
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Start with a used 48 wb IMHO. Turf tracer or Viking.
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:34 PM
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Big investment for someone just starting out. Think about a bobcat walk behind, if you're going all out get hydro and a proslide sulky plate. Kohler motor, Briggs stuff is gabage.
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:36 PM
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Wb would take me all day to cut large lawns..
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:39 PM
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Wb would take me all day to cut large lawns..
Hard to give advice with zero knowledge of your customer base or your expected customer base...
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:47 PM
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Solid old school money maker.http://atlanta.craigslist.org/sat/grd/4000897155.html
Find em like that in just about any market for about a grand. Not flashy, but cut very nice. Reliable. Great parts availability. No brainer.

You'll love the t-bar controls versus any other belt driven walk behind. The 44" is really a great size to get you started. They actually fit a lot of gates that a 48" just won't.
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Old 08-17-2013, 12:06 AM
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Yeah, it will. But do you plan on landing all huge lawns? What about when you start getting offered smaller properties that can't handle a zero turn? Are you planning on push mowing them? Or turning them down? I still don't take anything over an acre because I use walk behinds. But you know what? When the idiots who have a 60" exmark to mow postage stamps can't get their mower in the back I get to make the money he would have made, at a higher price because no one else can do it
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:23 AM
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Yeah, it will. But do you plan on landing all huge lawns? What about when you start getting offered smaller properties that can't handle a zero turn? Are you planning on push mowing them? Or turning them down? I still don't take anything over an acre because I use walk behinds. But you know what? When the idiots who have a 60" exmark to mow postage stamps can't get their mower in the back I get to make the money he would have made, at a higher price because no one else can do it
If it's that small I will use a push mower and Weed eater. .
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:23 PM
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If it's that small I will use a push mower and Weed eater. .
That's extremely inefficient, but to each their own. I like ferris mowers and bobcats personally. But what you really need to figure out, is where there are dealers near you and what brands they sell. Any machine is good, just find a reputable nearby dealer. Preferably within 20 mins of your main service area. Even if you can fix the mower yourself, you need a parts supplier and new ztr's come with warranties you'll want to take full advantage of, and most have loaner machines on hand. But here's a list of the best: exmark, ferris, bobcat, scag, hustler. Stay away from toro (unless its a push, they have really nice 30" models) husquavarna (however their blowers and weed eaters are good and reasonably priced).

Whatever dealer is closest, go with that. Even if you buy used, go with a brand that has a service shop nearby. You never know what can happen, and it's always better when you can get parts same day.
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:53 PM
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I'd look on craigslist for a used walk behind and ztr. I know up here you can get a 52" for 2k or less and a decent ztr for under 5k. If you're dead set on a decent priced ztr look at the bobcat procat 61". If it has the 37hp dfi you can bush hog with it also. Gives you another service to offer
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